The first quarter was a real offensive holiday. The baskets were connected, and the score between the two sides rose rapidly. On the Wolves, points were well distributed as all holders registered at least one basket, while on the Pacers side, Osha Brissett surprisingly led the team with 11 points. On the bench, Lance Stephenson delighted his crowd with some great moves, notably with eight points and two assists. After 12 minutes of hard work, the Pacers led by a narrow margin (37-33).
But the Wolves will recover quickly at the start of the second quarter. A cautious start to the game, Anthony Edwards warmed up with eight straight points to hand control to his team (41-39), which forced a timeout for Indiana. In fact, the “sophomore” heat sparked a “run” for the Wolves, who pressed the accelerator and signed the conference’s first break (54-44) minutes later.
The “momentum” has completely changed, and despite the Pacers’ short-lived reaction, it’s still being pushed by Brissett and Stephenson, especially the allotted holy Tyrese Haliburton (10 assists), Rick Carlisle’s men clearly gave in. And at halftime, they led by 12 points (74-62), the biggest margin of the game.
The third quarter left the Wolves in a cold sweat. While they were flamboyant on offense last quarter, they came back from the locker room completely disoriented: shooting just 28 points from the field and 9/24, a 38 percent drop. On the opposite side, the Pacers are on fire: 36 points to 58% (14/24)! However, Wolves held on to the lead with a very short header (102-98) after the 36th minute, thanks in large part to a huge Edwards who scored 15 points in the period.
In the final scene, Wolves finally regained control of the game with ease. While Karl-Anthony Towns was hampered by foul issues, D’Angelo Russell took matters into his own hands.
The leader scored 11 points and gave his unit some air. Despite all the efforts of the giant Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers could no longer close the gap and Anthony Edwards ended up killing all opponents with a “plus one” 2 minutes later. Hope, thus widening the gap to +9. It would be the final gap, the Pacers’ sixth straight loss.
what you have to remember
– Anthony Edwards made NBA history. On a basket in the first quarter, his first game, “Ant” became Fourth youngest player in NBA history Reach 2,500 Career Points. Most importantly, he was the best player on the field, with 37 points (13/25, 7/13 from beyond the arc), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a game. He caught fire in a cautious first quarter, and until the end of the game, we’ll remember this huge dunk just before halftime.
– Chris Duarte swiftly withdraws due to injury. Appearing briefly in the first quarter, then missing in the second, the Pacers rookie left his teammates prematurely. reason : Pain in one toe of left foot.
✅ Jaylen Smith. After a successful debut with the Hawks, the young big man had a solid second game. Off the bench, he had a very strong double-double: 17 points (6/10) and 12 rebounds. It didn’t take long for the Suns to break into the Open in Indiana.
✅ D’Angelo Russell. The first half was rather cautious, and when Anthony Edwards had momentum, “D-Lo” then raised his voice in the second half, especially in the final quarter. When the Pacers were back at -4, the point guard chained several baskets to knock them back, blowing his team away. He finished with 23 points and 6 assists in 8/14.
✅ Tyrese Halliburton. In Game 2 against Indiana, the point guard had one of the best performances of his career. He was great in creating (16 assists), he also destroyed Wolves from distance (6/12) and scored 22 points (7/14). He is arguably the most important role in this “deadline” reworked and rejuvenated workforce. A real conductor on the floor.
⛔️ Buddy Hield. For the shooter, behind was a complicated night. He had 13 points on… 19 shots, including a shocking 1/13 from beyond the arc. However, with his leader Haliburton at his service so often, he just didn’t have a good night and got caught up in his own clumsiness.
⛔️ Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite having a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds), it’s hard to put “KAT” in the “Top” category. First because he was tangled up in the offense (six conceded goals), then because he made five turnovers in…22 minutes. He certainly wasn’t immune to the rather passive referee’s treatment of him, and he quickly became frustrated, which caused his game to become disjointed. Nothing will make Wolves forget this miserable night like a win.
Indiana (19-38): Head to Milwaukee on Monday
Minnesota (29-27): Hosting the Hornets on Monday